UTTER DEVASTATION: NSW floods in pictures

·News Reporter
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About half a million people have been told to evacuate their homes in NSW as of Thursday as disastrous floods continue to sweep the east coast which has now caused considerable damage throughout QLD and NSW.

Last week saw the destruction of Brisbane and surrounding areas as floodwaters rose to unfathomable heights before the life-threatening conditions moved south into NSW.

Lismore and Ballina were some of the worst hit earlier this week with four confirmed deaths recorded so far in Lismore.

As the clean-up and search of flooded homes continue in the northern part of the state, Lismore is also facing shortages of essentials such as food, fuel, fresh water and cash as ATMs run out of money.

A supplied image obtained on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, of flood-affected properties in the Ballina region of northern New South Wales on Monday, February 28, 2022. (AAP Image/Supplied by Australian Defence Force) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Ballina in northern NSW was hit badly by the floods earlier this week. Source: AAP
Ballina NSW after floods
Aerial images taken on Wednesday show Ballina completely covered by floodwater. Source: Facebook/NSW Incident Alerts
LISMORE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02:  Grant McPherson removes debris from his flood-affected car mechanic business on March 02, 2022 in Lismore, Australia. Several northern New South Wales towns have been forced to evacuate as Australia faces unprecedented storms and the worst flooding in a decade. (Photo by Dan Peled/Getty Images)
Lismore in the state's north is facing the devastating aftermath of the record-breaking floodwaters that swamped the city earlier this week. Source: Dan Peled/Getty Images

Photos from the affected areas show the devastating aftermath of the extreme weather conditions which saw homes demolished and streets obliterated.

Photos from around the state show locals in flooded areas continuing to search for people and pets as they scour flooded streets together in boats and rafts.

The devastating floods have also caused wildlife and cattle to be washed from their homes, ending up on suburban streets around the state.

Floods will continue throughout NSW

As of Thursday, major flooding is expected along the Hawkesbury and Nepean and Georges rivers, at Menangle, North Richmond, Penrith and Windsor on Thursday with dozens of Sydney suburbs now on high alert.

The Bureau of Meteorology also issued a Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall and damaging winds for people in parts of Mid North Coast and Hunter Forecast Districts.

Western Sydney has experienced some severe flooding on Thursday with families being rescued by helicopters.Source: Royal Australian Navy/Twitter
Western Sydney has experienced some severe flooding on Thursday with families being rescued by helicopters. Source: Royal Australian Navy/Twitter
NSW Floods - Residents in Sydney's south are sharing footage of the flooded roads as a result of heavy rainfall on Wednesday night. Source: Facebook
Residents in Sydney's south shared footage of the flooded roads as a result of heavy rainfall on Wednesday night as the NSW floods crisis continues. Source: Facebook
LISMORE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02:  Travis Watson throws away flood damaged merchandise from his skate shop on March 02, 2022 in Lismore, Australia. Several northern New South Wales towns have been forced to evacuate as Australia faces unprecedented storms and the worst flooding in a decade. (Photo by Dan Peled/Getty Images)
People in Lismore are cleaning up the damage left behind after floodwaters destroyed shops and homes. Source: Dan Peled/Getty Images
Flooded streets in Lismore, NSW,  on Wednesday. Source: AAP Image/Jason O'Brien
Flooded streets in Lismore, NSW on Wednesday. Source: AAP Image/Jason O'Brien
A sign is seen on the banks of the Parramatta river on March 3, 2022, as Sydney faces its worst flooding after record rainfall caused its largest dam to overflow and as deluges prompted mandatory mass evacuation from the low-lying areas. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
The Parramatta river in Sydney is facing its worst flooding after record rainfall caused its largest dam to overflow Source: SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images
BALLINA, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 03: A man walks his dog through a flooded street on March 03, 2022 in Ballina, Australia. Several northern New South Wales towns have been forced to evacuate as Australia faces unprecedented storms and the worst flooding in a decade.  (Photo by Dan Peled/Getty Images)
Ballina in northern NSW is still recovering from the life-threatening floods that swept the town earlier this week. Source: Dan Peled/Getty Images
Flooding occurs in the town of Lismore, northeastern New South Wales, Monday, February 28, 2022. A severe weather warning is in place for southeast Queensland and areas in northern NSW as wild weather and dangerous flooding continues to severely impact large swathes of both states. (AAP Image/Jason O'Brien) NO ARCHIVING
On Monday, Lismore floodwaters were at an all-time high. Source: AAP
Footage was shared online on Wednesday showing the damage caused by floods in Lismore. Source: Twitter
Footage was shared online on Wednesday showing the damage caused by floods in Lismore. Source: Twitter
Morning walkers watch the overflowing Parramatta river on March 3, 2022, as Sydney faces its worst flooding after record rainfall caused its largest dam to overflow and as deluges prompted mandatory mass evacuation from the low-lying areas. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
More heavy rainfall is expected across Sydney with fears the Parramatta river will continue to overflow as thousands of people have been evacuated. Source: SAEED KHAN/Getty Images
(AUSTRALIA OUT) The rising Clarence River floods the town of Grafton in Northern NSW, March 1, 2022. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/The Sydney Morning Herald via Getty Images)
Areas across northern NSW were impacted the most by heavy floods this week with Clarence River near Grafton being one of many to overflow. Source: Brook Mitchell/The Sydney Morning Herald via Getty
Logs swept away by floodwaters block the link road near an overflowing Richmond river on the outskirts of Lismore, New South Wales state on March 1, 2022. (Photo by SAEED KHAN / AFP) (Photo by SAEED KHAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Floodwaters are still washing away from earlier this week leaving behind huge amounts of debris to clear. Source: SAEED KHAN/ Getty Images
Flooding occurs in the town of Lismore, northeastern New South Wales, Monday, February 28, 2022. A severe weather warning is in place for southeast Queensland and areas in northern NSW as wild weather and dangerous flooding continues to severely impact large swathes of both states. (AAP Image/Jason O'Brien) NO ARCHIVING
Lismore streets were completely flooded with residents out on boats on Monday. Source: AAP Image/Jason O'Brien
Motorists and horses were trapped on a Woodburn bridge, 34km from Lismore which was the scene of catastrophic flooding on Monday. Source: ABC News
Motorists and horses were trapped on Woodburn bridge, 34km from Lismore on Monday which was the scene of catastrophic flooding on Monday. Source: ABC News
CUMBALUM, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02: A road sign showing directions to Ballina is surrounded by floodwater on March 02, 2022 in Cumbalum, Northern NSW, Australia. Several northern New South Wales towns have been forced to evacuate as Australia faces unprecedented storms and the worst flooding in a decade. (Photo by Dan Peled/Getty Images)
Ballina was one of the areas in northern NSW that was evacuated earlier this week after floods reach life-threatening levels. Source: Getty
Lismore traffic lights under water NSW floods
A Lismore resident captured footage of the street completely underwater on Wednesday. Source: Instagram
Flooding occurs in the town of Lismore, northeastern New South Wales, Monday, February 28, 2022. A severe weather warning is in place for southeast Queensland and areas in northern NSW as wild weather and dangerous flooding continues to severely impact large swathes of both states. (AAP Image/Jason O'Brien) NO ARCHIVING
Lismore was almost completely underwater when the flooding occured. Source: AAP Image/Jason O'Brien
Flooding occurs in the town of Lismore, northeastern New South Wales, Monday, February 28, 2022. A severe weather warning is in place for southeast Queensland and areas in northern NSW as wild weather and dangerous flooding continues to severely impact large swathes of both states. (AAP Image/Jason O'Brien) NO ARCHIVING
People in Lismore were forced to seek refuge on the roof of their homes to avoid rising floodwaters. Source: AAP Image/Jason O'Brien
Flooding occurs in the town of Lismore, northeastern New South Wales, Monday, February 28, 2022. A severe weather warning is in place for southeast Queensland and areas in northern NSW as wild weather and dangerous flooding continues to severely impact large swathes of both states. (AAP Image/Jason O'Brien) NO ARCHIVING
The city's McDonald's was badly hit by the floods. Source: AAP, Google Maps
Flooding occurs in the town of Lismore, northeastern New South Wales, Monday, February 28, 2022. A severe weather warning is in place for southeast Queensland and areas in northern NSW as wild weather and dangerous flooding continues to severely impact large swathes of both states. (AAP Image/Jason O'Brien) NO ARCHIVING
So far five people have died in the NSW floods with thousands being rescued. Source: AAP Image/Jason O'Brien
Woodburn underwater floods NSW
Local residents of Woodburn rode down the streets on boats with buildings and traffic lights almost completely underwater on Wednesday. Source: Instagram
Flooding is seen in Chinderah, Northern NSW, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. More severe weather is expected along the NSW coast. (AAP Image/Jason O'Brien) NO ARCHIVING
Chinderah in northern NSW was also heavily flooded with residents seeking dry land. AAP Image/Jason O'Brien
men on boat Flooding is seen in Chinderah, Northern NSW, Tuesday, March 1, 2022. More severe weather is expected along the NSW coast. (AAP Image/Jason O'Brien) NO ARCHIVING
Roads across the state have been forced shut due to flooding with many locals taking out boats instead. Source: AAP Image/Jason O'Brien
Cow on QLD NSW beach after getting washed away from home in floods
Cattle and wildlife have been washed away from their home with this cow ending up on a beach at the QLD and NSW border on Wednesday. Source: Facebook
Woman and baby in Lismore floods northeastern New South Wales, Monday, February 28, 2022. A severe weather warning is in place for southeast Queensland and areas in northern NSW as wild weather and dangerous flooding continues to severely impact large swathes of both states. (AAP Image/Jason O'Brien) NO ARCHIVING
Families were forced to flee across the state as water flooded took their homes. Source: AAP Image/Jason O'Brien
The water in Lismore is so high street signs were almost completely underwater. Source: Getty
The water in Lismore is so high street signs were almost completely underwater. Source: Getty

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